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mazza ball soup (1)

Pesach: Matzoh ball soup

It just wouldn’t be Pesach without matzo ball soup. This modern version includes a mineral rich broth and light vegan matzo balls.
Complete this recipe in three easy steps: – Preparing the broth – Making the baked matzo balls – Composing the soup
Kindly contributed by Kenden Alfond from Jewish Food Hero.
mazza ball soup (1)


FOR THE RICH LEEK-ONION-SHALLOT-BROTH: 2 cups vegetable broth (or water)
1½ cups chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 shallots, chopped
6 cups sliced leeks
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup parsley
1 cup fresh dill
10 cups water
For the matzo balls: 1½ cups boiling water
1½ cups matzo meal (or quinoa flakes to make gluten free)
½ teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons cooked potato puree
Baking oil spray
FOR THE SOUP: 6 cups rich leek-onion-shallot broth (above)
½ cup diced onion
1 cup sliced carrot
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
GARNISH: Fresh dill sprigs


FOR THE BROTH: Heat vegetable broth (or water) over medium heat Add the onion, garlic, shallots and leeks. Add a few pinches of sea salt. Cook and stir for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened Add the water, carrots, parsley to the soup pot and bring to a boil Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 1 hour Strain the broth through the strainer, pressing the vegetables with the back of a spoon to extract all of the liquid from them Place broth in large soup pot Set this rich leek-onion-shallot broth aside for later use
FOR THE MATZO BALLS: Boil small potato and mash well with fork and set aside Bring ½ cup water to boil over medium high heat In a large glass bowl: mix together the matzo meal (or quinoa flakes), sea salt, black pepper and onion powder Add the boiling water and potato puree Mix well Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) while the matzo mixture are in the refrigerator Line a baking sheet with parchment paper Form walnut-size balls of the matzo mixture and place them on the prepared baking sheet Lightly spray the matzo balls with baking oil spray Bake for 10 minutes Carefully turn the matzo balls Bake for another 10 minutes.
FOR THE SOUP: Heat Rich Leek-Onion-Shallot Broth broth (or water) over medium heat Add the onion, carrot and a pinch of the sea salt Cook and stir for 10 minutes, adding a little more broth as needed, to prevent sticking Add the remaining vegetable broth and sea salt, along with the dill Bring to boil over medium high heat, then lower to simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft TO SERVE: Place 3 matzo balls in each soup bowl Add the hot soup broth Garnish with dill sprigs
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